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Scheme to revamp Barnoldswick war memorial unveiled
10:00am Saturday 28th July 2012 in News
A £10,000 scheme to refurbish Barnoldswick War Memorial has been unveiled.
The draft plan to open up a new entrance to the memorial from the Wellhouse Road car park and provide granite plaques to inscribe additional names, together with a refurbishment of the area, is the subject of a public consultation.
If the scheme is agreed, it is hoped that work could be carried out before Remembrance Day.
Coun David Whipp (Lib Dem, Craven ward) said: “The work would allow services at the war memorial to be conducted from the car park side, rather than on Wellhouse Road. The work would also open up views of the memorial from Fernlea Avenue.
“One of the large birch trees around the memorial would need to be removed to create space for the proposed new entrance. Other trees would be pruned back and shrubs would be renewed and replanted.
“The flags and set paved areas would be pointed and new drainage provided. An electricity supply would be installed for a public announcement system.
“A new entrance would would allow better disabled access to the memorial.”
He said some existing disabled parking bays would need to be relocated within the car park.
West Craven Area Committee has already agreed to remove recycling skips near the memorial and relocate them to the Rainhall Road car park.
Coun Whipp said moving the containers would free up more parking spaces and make the town centre more attractive.
“The centre attracts its fair share of yobs who pull cardboard out the recycling bins,” he said. “It makes a mess and a lot of the material can blow over to the memorial.
“The bins are a lot more sensitive in that position than they would be in the Rainhall Road car park.”
Full details of the proposal can be viewed on visitbarnoldswick.co.uk or at the Rainhall Centre. Anyone wishing to comment should email David. firstname.lastname@example.org before July 31.